Are your first two years of high school just as important as your last two?
When a student applies to a college, most schools take a look at their total package. Yes, admissions offices will look at grades from your underclassmen years. But we will also consider testing, your essay, recommendation letters, overall grades, extracurricular activities, volunteer work and part-time job experiences.
It is important to provide each school with all of this information so they learn about you as a whole person instead of just evaluating your transcript.
However, if you are concerned about your grades from ninth and tenth grades, it is always a good idea to show that your grades have improved since that time. This shows dedication and growth and also that you are capable of the work.
Finally, if there is a specific reason for the difference in your grades from year to year, you may want to consider sharing that reason with your admissions representative via your essay or a letter.
If you have other questions or concerns about your grades, your guidance counselor or representatives from college admissions offices are great resources to help you through this process.
Erin Callahan is associate director of admissions at Rivier College in Nashua, N.H.
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